Russell Ronnebaum, a Kansas native, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Kansas. He then attended the University of Arizona where he received a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano under the guidance of Dr. Paula Fan.
For the 2019-20 performance season, Russell was named the newly appointed Music Director and Composer in Residence of The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, AZ. He also serves as the assistant director of music at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oro Valley.
Past performance and compositional engagements include Artifact Dance Project, The Rogue Theatre, and the University of Arizona. Other performance engagements have been with acclaimed organizations such as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO), American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and Tucson Masterworks Chorale.
Russell has served as the staff accompanist for the Tucson Masterworks Chorale since 2015. For the spring 2017 Masterworks Chorale series, Mr. Ronnebaum performed as the soloist for Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Op. 19.
Russell made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 performing the music of composer Dan Forrest.
Recent composition commissions and premieres include music for voice, choir, piano, string orchestra, dance, and live theatre.
The University of Arizona—Master of Music (Collaborative Piano)
The University of Kansas—Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance)